CBS has pledged a whopping $20 million to 19 organizations who are working to try and eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.
The charities – including Time’s Up, the #MeToo movement and the Collaborative Fund for Women’s Safety and Dignity – released a joint statement to say what a “significant impact” the donations would make.
The pledge comes after former CBS chairman Les Moonves was forced to resign after more than a dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct.
The following statement was provided to ET Canada: “The funds we receive from CBS will make a significant impact on organizations that do critical work on behalf of survivors of sexual violence, and for women’s safety and equity at work.”
“The contributions are a step to driving real progress toward ending the national epidemic of sexual violence and harassment. Our organizations serve on the front lines of this effort every day, and we continue to see enormous need for our work.”
“We know these funds will help us create and expand a range of important programs that advance our collective mission and help many individuals get justice. We thank CBS for these donations. We also recognize these funds are not a panacea, nor do they erase or absolve decades of bad behaviour.”
The message continued, “The road ahead remains long. Progress will only be possible through a sustained commitment to improve internal culture and policies.”
“It is our hope that corporations will seize this powerful moment to create workplaces where everyone can work safely, with every opportunity to reach their full potential.”
“In addition, we look forward to receiving the full results of the investigation into Mr. Moonves and an update on additional concrete commitments that CBS – and all organizations – will make to support lasting change.”
To see the full list of organizations click here.